The Philadelphia Phillies are no longer a dominant team. That’s an undeniable fact. However, analysis that attempts to conclusively define current realities are often based upon emotional remembrances of ‘good’ players who have since departed for other baseball shores.
Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence were traded on July 31, 2012, also known as the non-waiver trade deadline day.
Victorino was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Josh Lindblom (who was later dealt to the Texas Rangers in the Michael Young deal), minor league pitcher Ethan Martin (who is currently in Triple-A) and minor league infielder Stefan Jarrin (who the Phillies released on March 22, 2013).
Pence was traded to the San Francisco Giants for veteran outfielder Nate Schierholtz (who signed with the Chicago Cubs in the off-season), minor league catcher Tommy Joseph (who is currently in Triple-A) and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin (who is currently in Double-A).
Joe Blanton joined his former teammate Victorino on the Dodgers, when he was traded to Los Angeles for minor leaguer pitcher Ryan O’Sullivan (who is currently in Single-A) on August 16, 2012. The veteran right-hander signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the off-season.
The Phillies decided to exchange starting pitcher Vance Worley for a new centerfielder in December. The young starter and minor league pitcher Trevor May (who is currently in Double-A) were dealt to the Minnesota Twins for Ben Revere.
Juan Pierre (November) and Placido Polanco (December) both reached off-season free agent agreements with the Miami Marlins.
As with all baseball decisions factors involving perceived value, anticipated worth, alternative paths that could have been taken and the current performance of all replacement players must be considered by all hardcore followers of the game. Even if that mental process has been adequately pursued, it’s still challenging to know whether most transactions were worthwhile until a number of seasons have passed.
A review of these six former Phillies’ current statistics obviously represents a momentary snapshot. But, numbers can help to logically balance purely emotional judgments.
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The Red Sox signed Victorino as a free agent in the off-season
Before the Boston Red Sox recently placed Shane Victorino on the disabled list he had a .283 batting average, a .705 OPS and a 1.000 fielding percentage through 34 games.
Pence is starting in right field for the Giants
Hunter Pence has a .274 batting average, a .787 OPS and a .992 fielding percentage in 48 games for the San Francisco Giants this season. The veteran outfielder hasn’t missed one game.
The Angels signed Blanton as a free agent in the off-season
Joe Blanton earned his first victory of the season this week for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The veteran right-hander has a 1-7 record, a 6.19 ERA and a 1.871 WHIP through 10 starts this season.
The Marlins signed Pierre as a free agent in November
Juan Pierre is in his second tour of duty with the (Florida) Miami Marlins’ franchise. Through 37 games this season the veteran outfielder has a .235 batting average, a .576 OPS mark and a 1.000 fielding percentage. The 13 bases he’s stolen gives him a total of 604 in his career, which ranks eighteenth in major league history.
Worley was dealt to the Twins in December
Vance Worley had a 1-5 record, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.993 WHIP through 10 starts this season for the Minnesota Twins before he was recently demoted to Triple-A.
The Marlins signed Polanco as a free agent in December
Placido Polanco is hitting .238 and has a .571 OPS in 44 games for the Miami Marlins this season. Despite his offensive struggles, the veteran infielder has posted a .990 fielding percentage.